Nobody likes writing their resume but if you don’t assemble a great application you will struggle to make it past the first hurdle when you are applying for a job. As an accountant you need to make sure that you get across all of your skills but you also need to concentrate on not making your resume too fact filled! Try to keep the tone professional but light, because the person reading your resume might not be accountants themselves! We’ve all heard the jokes about accountancy being the most boring job in the world! Of course to any accountant that is simply not the case but the person reading your resume might find the subject extremely dull. It’s your job to combine your skills and competencies with an interesting and engaging Accountants resume.
Start off your resume with an objective statement which should explain to the reader what sort of position you are hoping to find. Before writing this section you need to make sure that you have closely read the job description. Make sure that your ideal job follows the criteria set out in the job description. Remember also that this objective is essentially the first thing on your resume so it needs to be high impact. Try not to let this statement become bogged down in the technical details of the job. Keep the sentence short, sharp and to the point.
Follow this section with a summary of the skills you have developed during your career as an accountant. This section should be made up of several high impact bullet points. Again, try to make these points easy to understand and short. You can mention your most specific qualifications, programs you are used to working with etc. Again, bear in mind that the person reading this might not be as up to speed as you are with the world of accountancy.
The next section of your Accountant Resume should be devoted to your past employment. This section must start with your current or most recent job and it is a good opportunity for you to expand on your jobs to show your accountancy skills and experience. Also you should make sure that you highlight any career progression within this section, mentioning at every opportunity when you have been promoted. You should also supply salary details alongside each job, as long as you have received a decent salary in the past.
You next section should be about your education and this should follow a similar pattern to your work experience section. Try not to give too much detail about anything not considered relevant to your application, and focus on your degree and specific qualifications for your job. Try to break down your degree between minor and major study, and don’t be afraid to talk about specific elements of your degree where you excelled, especially if it is particularly relevant to this job application.